James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose
The Duke of Montrose
Portrait of the Duke in 1997.
April 6, 1935
|Title||Duke of Montrose|
|Predecessor||James Graham, 7th Duke of Montrose|
|Heir||James Alexander, Marquess of Graham|
|Issue||Lady Hermione Elizabeth Graham
James Alexander, Marquess of Graham
Lord Ronald John Christopher Graham
James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose (born 6 April 1935), known as Earl of Kincardine until 1954 and Marquess of Graham between 1954 and 1992, is a Southern Rhodesia-born hereditary peer of the Peerage of Scotland and a British Conservative Party politician.
On 31 January 1970, as Marquess of Graham, he married Catherine Elizabeth MacDonell Young, of Canada.
They have three children:
- Lady Hermione Elizabeth Graham (20 July 1971), married 1998 Christopher John Thornhill
- James Alexander Norman Graham, Marquess of Graham (born 16 August 1973), married 2004 Cecilia Manfredi, without issue
- Lord Ronald John Christopher Graham (13 October 1975), unmarried and without issue
Politics and international relations
The Duke considers himself a Conservative and took his seat in the House of Lords on his father's death in 1992. He is one of two dukes to have re-entered the House (of the 24 non-royal dukes eligible) following the House of Lords Act 1999, having been one of the 92 peers chosen or elected by the others sitting. The other duke in the upper house among these 92 is the Duke of Norfolk, who did not technically have to stand for election as his right to sit is deemed automatic, as he holds the Royal Office of Earl Marshal.
The Duke of Montrose was a shadow minister for the Scotland Office before the 2010 General Election. He has also spent some time in China promoting renewable energy and environmental measures, and he is a fluent speaker of Mandarin.
Titles and styles
8th Duke of Montrose
|Reference style||His Grace|
|Spoken style||Your Grace|
- 1935 – 1954: Earl of Kincardine
- 1954 – 1992: Marquess of Graham
- 1992 – present: His Grace The Duke of Montrose
|Ancestors of James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose|
- James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose, Chief of the Grahams
- James Graham, 8th Duke of Montrose, thePeerage.com
- Conservative Party website
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Duke of Montrose
|Peerage of Scotland|
James Angus Graham
|Duke of Montrose
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
His Grace The Duke of Atholl
His Grace The Duke of Roxburghe